Martin Ström

◣ Photoboth ◥

Photoboth is a new iPhone app that lets the user take a photo with both cameras in just one tap and therefore including the photographer in the photo too. The back and front photos can then be arranged and combined in many different (and fun!) combinations.
The app includes super simple sharing to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Get the app here for a special introduction price right now, find more info here and follow Photoboth on Twitter here!


InstaCRT 1.5 — with color support!

InstaCRT 1.5

Last week we released the biggest update to InstaCRT ever — version 1.5. The biggers new feature in this release is that we now support photos in color!

The coolest thing is that we actually still are using the very same grayscale CRT screen as we always have, but with some clever tricks we can return photos in full color.

How it works

The original photo

When a color photo are received by the machine it separates the photo into three three channels. One for Red, one for Green and one for Blue. The result are three grayscale photos, each representing how much red, green or blue the image has.

Red channel

Green channel

Blue channel

(Read more about channels on Wikipedia).

Each channel is sent through the machine, one by one. So for every color photo there are actually three photos taken. This is why they take a bit longer time to process.

The three photos are recombined back into one photo again, creating a full color photo again!

We do all are image processing using ImageMagick but almost every image manipulation app/library/etc is capable of doing this.

What else is new in 1.5?

Hope you like the new version as much as we do! ^__^

Photo Hack Day Berlin 2012

Photo Hack Day brings the most innovative developers and designers to Berlin to hack the future of photography. The goal of the event is to rapidly prototype and build new projects, powering through the night to present a finished product Sunday afternoon.

I was already in Berlin so Erik and Ruben flew here — and brought the whole InstaCRT machine with them from Stockholm on the flight. We set up the machine on site at the hack day so people outside our studio could see it IRL for the first time.

As for the hack, I combined my work with Loopcam and InstaCRT and built an iPhone app called LoopCRT. It uses the soon-to-be-released Loopcam API and lets you filter Loopcam loops through the InstaCRT filter machine — frame by frame.

The judges seem to like my project too and gave me a honorable mention. ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ


Beforecast by Peter Ström and myself.

InstaCRT — Real World Camera Filter


A few days ago we finally released InstaCRT — our real world camera filter (previously mentioned here and here).

The response has been…wow…more than we could ever dreamed of. The Verge interviewed us and wrote an awesome article about the project. Then Engadget (with their half a million followers on Twitter) published their post. A favorite of mine Hack a Day also covered InstaCRT.

Update And Boing Boing, Fast Company and MSNBC.

Update again and The Economist

We’re totally blown away by this.

The machine has worked pretty good actually even if queue times can be up to an hour sometimes. The server crashed directly after Engadged’s tweet but after upgrading RAM and optimizing the InstaCRT machine a bit, we could slowly work through the queue (hopefully).

Today we’re upgrading the hardware but the charm of the project is of course that each and every photo has to wait in line before it gets displayed on the old CRT screen.

It’s so fun to a part of this project. We’re blushing by the amounts of tweets, emails, blog and other response posts we’ve got.

To see how it works, look at this video:

If you’d like to download it:


More info on and on Twitter @instacrt.

Also don’t miss Ruben Broman and Erik Wahlström who I made this project with. And, like always, Konst & Teknik for designing the app.

The narcissistic QR code

The My Domain Tote Bags!

Tote Bag

Finally they’re here — The My Domain Tote bags! Most of them are at WWDC in San Francisco right now so if you’re here, grab/ping me (@haraldmartin) for a free bag.

The bags are made by Peter Ström (also my brother) from Konst & Teknik <3 <3 <3 <3<3.

CopyPasteCharacter iPhone Application

A couple of weeks ago our official iPhone application for finally became available on the App Store. The project itself isn’t too complicated but was my first “real” Cocoa and iPhone app so it took some time to get everything together and learn how to do things.

The application basically lets you find and easily copy symbols, characters and letters which otherwise can be hard to find on a regular keyboard. On the iPhone, many of these characters aren’t available at all by just using the system keyboards. Just touch one or many symbols to automatically copy them into your clipboard and paste them into any application (SMS, Facebook, Twitter, Mail etc).

I was happy to see that the app was approved by Apple only two working days after I submitted it. I had, however, waited about 2 months to hear from Apple on how we should solve a problem with my iTunes account.

Hint: You can’t use the same Apple account to upload/sell music in the iTunes Store as upload upload applications to AppStore. Create a new account before buying the iPhone developer program to stay out of trouble.

Please check out the product page with a video walk through or go directly to the AppStore.

Today we released — the result of a two day workshop together with Konst & Teknik, Ola Bergengren, Uglycute and me.

things-rb—command line tool and Ruby library for

Things + GeekTool

I wanted to display my ToDos from Things on the Desktop using GeekTool so I created a command line tool in Ruby (backed by a library) to access the database.

This way you can see what needs to be done but without switching (or even launching Things)

It’s in a pretty early state right now and probably has bugs but I’ve been using it for some days now without problems. I’m planning to add write-support as well (so you can create tasks from the command line if Things isn’t running) but right now it’s read-only.

For more information, check out the README file and source on GitHub or this thread on the Things’ forum

CSS is in progress